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Bowman appoints new EPC, names first-time councillors to deputy roles

Mayor Brian Bowman introduces his new executive policy committee and deputy mayor.
Mayor Brian Bowman introduces his new executive policy committee and deputy mayor. Kevin Hirschfield/Global News

Winnipeg mayor Brian Bowman is starting off his second term by appointing a new Executive Policy Committee (EPC).

Bowman said he met with each newly-elected councillor after the election to discuss priorities for the city, and determine the best fit for his new EPC.

“A critical part of being an effective EPC member is being willing to build a unified city rather than focusing on regional divisions and differences,” said Bowman.

“We can’t be city builders if we tear each other down.”

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Bowman’s new EPC includes the following councillors chairing these standing committees:

  • Matt Allard (St. Boniface): Infrastructure Renewal and Public Works
  • Scott Gillingham (St. James):  Finance
  • Cindy Gilroy (Daniel McIntyre): Water and Waste, Riverbank Management and the Environment
  • Brian Mayes (St. Vital): Property and Development, Heritage and Downtown Development
  • John Orlikow (River Heights-Fort Garry): Innovation
  • Sherri Rollins (Fort Rouge-East Fort Garry): Protection, Community Services and Parks
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Councillor-elect Markus Chambers has been appointed deputy mayor of Winnipeg
Councillor-elect Markus Chambers has been appointed deputy mayor of Winnipeg Twitter / Markus Chambers

Markus Chambers, newly-elected councillor for St. Norbert-Seine River, made history as Winnipeg’s first councillor of Afro-Caribbean descent. He set another first Monday with his appointment as Bowman’s deputy mayor.

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Point Douglas councillor-elect Vivian Santos has been appointed acting deputy mayor.

“These positions play an important role in representing our city as well as council,” said Bowman. “I look forward to working with Markus and Vivian to continue building pride in our city, as well as promoting our city as an international leader for human rights.”

Further appointments to various city agencies, boards and commissions will be made at a council meeting later in November. The roles of speaker and deputy speaker will be decided at Tuesday’s inaugural meeting of the new council.

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